About the PGPA
In 1999, frustrated by ad hoc meetings at busy RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, Jerry Harpur and Andrew Lawson, two of the founder members of the PGPA, recognised the need to bring together professional garden photographers on a more regular basis. What started out as a ‘friendly chat’ in an RHS meeting room, has now formed the basis of what the PGPA stands for today. As a semi-autonomous group within Garden Media Guild (GMG), the PGPA works hard to ensure that it is a recognised and respected voice within the garden and horticultural profession. With more than 100 members, the PGPA has attracted leading professional photographers from across the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA.
How to become a PGPA member
The PGPA is part of Garden Media Guild, an established national organisation of professional communicators, associated with the garden industry. Joining the PGPA requires membership of the GMG, all PGPA members are also GMG members without exception. Members of the GMG include writers, broadcasters, book and magazine publishers, photographers, artists and illustrators. United with similar aims and objectives, the PGPA and the GMG continue to work closely together. The PGPA is managed and run on a voluntary basis and relies on its members to be pro-active in supporting the group.
You can go directly to the GMG joining page where there is full information about costs and downloadable application forms: GMG/PGPA Joining page
Photography Awards for Garden Photographers
Each year The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the highest standards of garden writing, illustration, publishing and broadcasting. Categories for the Awards in garden photography include Photographer of the Year, Features Photographer of the Year and the Photographers’ Choice Awards. The Guild’s most prestigious Award is the Lifetime Achievement Award. For more details of how to enter the Awards, please go to: www.gardenmediaguild.co.uk
Former PGPA Award Winners
Clive Nichols ; David Lloyd ; Jonathan Buckley ; Jacqui Hurst ; Derek St. Romaine ; Andrew Lawson ; Marianne Majerus ; John Glover ; Anne Green-Armytage ; Jo Whitworth ; Steve Wooster ; Gary Rogers ; David Loftus ; Derek Harris ; Jerry Harpur ; Vivian Russell ; Michael Warren ; Linda Burgess
During twenty-six years of photographing gardens and garden design in all of the continents except one, Jerry Harpur recognised that gardening is the most diverse of all the arts and yet the most ephemeral. This philosophy materialised in his 256-page book 'Gardens in Perspective: garden design in our time', last November. He has contributed photographs to over 350 books and was the photographer of two volumes by Penelope Hobhouse (including 'Gardens of Persia') and, in 2005, Christopher Holliday's award-winning 'Sharp Gardening'. His work has earned him awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Media Guild as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Essex University.
A keen gardener himself, Andrew Lawson brings a specialist eye to the photography of plants and gardens. He wrote and illustrated his own books 'The Gardeners Book of Colour' and 'Performance Plants', and has provided the photographs for books by such well-known authors as Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Penelope Hobhouse and HRH The Prince of Wales. Over the years he has won many major awards including an RHS Gold Medal and GMG Garden Photographer of the Year and Photographers' Choice. www.andrewlawson.com
Derek St. Romaine
Derek St Romaine originally trained and worked as a graphic designer, but then spent several years photographing food before he turned his attention to plants and gardens. His latest lavish coffee table book 'The Plants and Gardens of Barbados' made him new friends in the Carribean. His photographic awards include, an RHS Gold Medal, GMG Awards for 'Plant Portrait', 'Most Artistic Garden Photography' and twice winning the GMG 'Garden Photographer of the Year' Award. He is now spending a great deal of time digitising his photographic library, and has just made the switch over from film to medium format digital photography. www.gardenphotolibrary.com